Friday, April 26, 2013

The Reason Stick: The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

The Reason Stick: The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

If Only He Had Tried Harder!

The BULLY PULPIT Tautology - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money

The post linked above explains, yet again, that the idea that you can fairly blame Obama for the gun legislation failure is not based on any defensible or realistic theory of Presidential power. It disposes of, rather effectively, the "LBJ coulda done it!" myth that pervades many critiques of the President from the Left. If one does not understand the institutional reality of Congress, one might wish to refrain from magical thinking about the Bully Pulpit.

I find this lesson instructive not only as a matter of understanding how Washington actually works, but also as a tangible explanation of why going out to vote for the Dem candidate for President every 4 years is going to get the Left exactly nowhere. If we want a more liberal government, we're going to have to start with City Counsel, County Board of Supervisors, and other local level institutions. That's how the Right took over, and that's the only way I can see that they can be defeated.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Choo-Choo-Choose Not To Die At Work

The link below goes to a great post about how deeply the rational actor theory has infected economic thought.  I always found it laughable to use the RAT (see what I did there?) to describe the real world, but this is no longer funny.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Debt And Growth

I read R&R's book. It's an interesting historical survey. And totally inapplicable to our current monetary system, and thus fairly useless as an analysis of or commentary on our current macroeconomic climate. And this article points out that they appear to be cooking the numbers to support their thesis.

The Hell of American Day Care

via LG&M

Because I'm not depressed enough today. 

The Hell of American Day Care An investigation into the barely regulated, unsafe business of looking after our children